UPDATE – 6:30 p.m. HST – The Flash Flood Watch has been extended through Thursday afternoon, as “deep moisture will continue to stream into Maui and the Big Island from the east, focusing persistent rainfall along windward slopes,” forecasters say.
The Winter Weather Advisory has also been extended until 6 p.m. Thursday. Periods of snow with total accumulations of up to two inches are possible.
The Flood Advisory is no longer in effect.
(BIVN) – The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory for a large, northeast area of the Big Island until 11 a.m. HST.
At 8 a.m. HST, radar indicated heavy rain near Paauilo. Rain was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour on already saturated grounds, forecasters reported. Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Hilo, Paauilo, Waipio Valley, Orchidlands Estates, Kukuihaele, Hawi, Pepeekeo, Keaau, Waimea, Honokaa, Ookala and Hawaiian Paradise Park.
A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the entire island, at least through late tonight. “Deep moisture will continue to stream into Maui and the Big Island from the east, focusing persistent rainfall along windward slopes,” the National Weather Service stated. “These areas have already received significant rainfall over the past couple days, and streams are running higher than normal.”
A Winter Weather Advisory is also still in effect for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa until Thursday morning. Periods of snow and rain will continue, forecasters say, with the more intense precipitation falling in the form of snow. Additional snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected.